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Spain: Manel Navarro – Do It For Your Lover

The whole of Europe were on the edge their seats tonight as Spain selected their challenger for Eurovision 2017. OK, so I made the first bit up. Anyway, the Spanish public tied the scores and the juries opted to selected Manel instead of Mirela. Manel will perform Do It For Your Lover at the Grand Final in Kiev. It's worth checking out the fanboy reaction to Manel being voted winner by his cronies on the judging panel ahead of Mirela. This is a lesson for Spain to dump the fanboy fandom and start giving power to people qualified to make…
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Mierda!

If your public doesn’t vote for you, the rest of Europe won’t either.

User Rating: 1.85 ( 28 votes)

The whole of Europe were on the edge their seats tonight as Spain selected their challenger for Eurovision 2017. OK, so I made the first bit up.

Anyway, the Spanish public tied the scores and the juries opted to selected Manel instead of Mirela. Manel will perform Do It For Your Lover at the Grand Final in Kiev.

It’s worth checking out the fanboy reaction to Manel being voted winner by his cronies on the judging panel ahead of Mirela. This is a lesson for Spain to dump the fanboy fandom and start giving power to people qualified to make decisions.

None of the songs in the final were capable of a strong Eurovision result, and Merela’s Contigo could have been selected 10-years prior and still finished in the Son de Sol or Las Ketchup 21st place. Maika probably had the most competent package, but the song, combined with her strong image, would have also struggled to enthuse televoters.

With Manel, Spain does at least have a more relevant sound, albeit desperately under developed and extremely repetitive. The presentation is amateur and I don’t envisage the broadcaster investing vast sums to revamp the song or create a dynamic stage show. Don’t forget, Barei invested a lot of her own money last year. I doubt Manel will be as flushed with cash given his most recent release only made the Spotify viral chart!

As Kylie rightly points out in the comments: “if your public doesn’t vote for you, the rest of Europe won’t either.”

Do It For Your Lover isn’t a good song. It isn’t a Kedvesem or a Tomorrow, and Manel isn’t the new Frans, as suggested in the comments.

Spain have only hit the top-10 twice since the reintroduction of national juries and both times it was a ballad performed by a big voiced female. Manel will be lucky to escape the bottom-10 with this eminently bland half-a-song.

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37 comments

  1. Let me be the first one posting a message about Spain, since I’m living there ;-). The public was scandalous. I thought it would be a fight between Manel and Mirella, but I do think Manel’s song “Do It For Your Lover” is very very Eurovision friendly. Just think the uniqueness of Hungary 2013 but with a much more charming singer, say the Spanish Alexander Rybak. And the song? I think the fusion of reggaeton with a funky summer beat could be a hit here on the Barcelona beaches :-).

    Therefore I totally disagree with Gavster here. This has the potential to end in the TOP 5 in the final…..and will perhaps do better than that.

  2. Manel is basically every guy in every American high school named Chad.

  3. Spain really wanted to give Germany a run for their money in the race to last place didn’t they?

    Also the fact that it wasn’t the televote pick tells you all you need to know about how doomed it is.

  4. Absolute trite and a certain bottom 5. Running order will decide between Spain and Germany for last place.

  5. Spain have thrown a bit of a curve ball here. The song they chose was not as expected. If they’d gone for Mirela we could all imagine Graham Norton saying Contigo went down a storm in the hall and then waited for the inevitable bottom 5 finish.

    With Do It For Your Lover, I’m not sure. I’m somewhere between Gav and Songfestivalwerk here. Yes, Kylie, it wasn’t the televote pick – in Spain (where, from translated Youtube comments a lot of the public seem to want their Eurovision entries sung in Spanish) but I can see an all English version of this having some televote and jury appeal in other countries.

    Do it For Your Lover has a bit an earworm hook and it isn’t too reggae. The staging needs work though.

    Mind you, Songfestivalwerk, we need to remind ourselves that this is, after all, a Spanish entry. If Pastora Soler can only finish 10th with an absolute masterpiece, bottom 5 may still be the final resting place for Manel’s entry.

    • Golden rule of Eurovision: if your public doesn’t vote for you, the rest of Europe won’t either. I don’t think there is an example of a song not winning its NF televote and doing remotely well in Eurovision. Finland last year was a prime example.

      • In countries were Eurovision has a fucked up status, televoters only make it worse. Hence why since 2013 The Netherlands started to completely ignore the authrocities caused by Dutch televoters.

      • Fair point Kylie (but also fair point Songfestivalwerk). Kylie, who do you think Spain should have sent? Was there anyone who would have got them out of the bottom 5?

  6. It’s a laid back radio song. Girls will like him and it’s got a hook and a bit of English. I expect there to be a slight revamp. Top 5 is hyperbolic but I have strong doubts about bottom 5. I’m calling mid-table or thereabouts.

  7. Golden rule of Eurovision: if your public doesn’t vote for you, the rest of Europe won’t either. I don’t think there is an example of a song not winning its NF televote and doing remotely well in Eurovision. Finland last year was a prime example.

  8. What aloud of shite, The fact it’s somewhat original might help it pip Germany.

  9. What a horrible shame, not of the song, but of the whole thing (partial jury, camera angles, bad studio, suspicious internal selections, crazy eurofans shouting in the public -even an agression to one jury, someone said-, the winner doing a forearm jerk to them, boring medley, inviting Rybak less than 48 hours before, etc etc etc). I’m from Spain and today this was the straw that broke the camel’s back of all these years. We need NOW an all-brand new system, starting with the firing of the managers of Entertainment and Eurovision (Toñi Prieto and Federico Llano) from TVE. Something like France did. Never again what we suffered today.

    Btw, the results aren’t under investigation. This was a joke from another channel investigation-programme.

  10. I think people are coming down too hard on this. Granted it’s no Frans, but I don’t see it as something destined for the bottom five either. The virtue of this is Spain would have a very hard time trying to muck it up. Just put the guy on a stool with his guitar and have him flirt with the camera. Simples. On a good night I have this finishing 13th-15th.

    • 2016 was an OK year in terms of quality and yet 15th-20th we had: Justs, Francesca Michielin, Samra, Sanja Vučić, Freddie and the Young Georgian Lolitaz. Listen to those songs and then listen to Manel and see how you feel.

      The year before was worse and 15th-20th had: Voltaj, Genealogy, Elhaida Dani, Monika & Vaidas, Maria Elena Kyriakou and Boggie. John Karayiannis, although rather insipid, finished 22nd!

      Spain has no diaspora and Manel’s song in current form is the least voteable of the big-5 and all of the songs selected so far. In my opinion, Manel will need a miracle to get out of the bottom 6.

      • To be very honest, I did what you told us to do. I first listened to:

        – Italy 2016
        – Azerbaijan 2016
        – Serbia 2016
        – Hungary 2016
        – Georgia 2016
        – Romania 2015
        – Armenia 2015
        – Albania 2015
        – Lithuania 2015
        – Greece 2015, &
        – Hungary 2015

        Man, that was a pretty dreadful string of songs. Depressing, at times a tiny bit melancholical, but certainly not a happy or uplifting playlist. After that I listened to:

        – Spain 2017: Manel Navarro with “Do It For Your Lover”.

        And then I understand even better why this year’s Spain has better chance of doing well than the more obvious drama-entries you mentioned.

        It’s not just that. I prefer to compare “Do It For Your Lover” with previous catchy, uncomplicated, uplifting melodies like:

        – Malta 2013 (8th –> jury 9th, televote 9th)
        – Hungary 2013 (10th –> jury 21st, televote 8th)
        – Denmark 2014 (9th –> jury 10th, televote 13th)
        – Sweden 2016 (5th –> jury 9th, televote 6th)
        – Austria 2016 (13th –> jury 24th, televote 8th)

        In fact, Hungary 2013 and Austria 2013 were quite similar when looking at the final split rankings. And to be honest Gavster, you forget one important thing I think: The sheer difficulty in predicting the overall outcome, when there’s such a big discrepancy between televoters and jury’s. At least my enthusiasm about last year’s Austria was totally reflected in the televoting outcome. Pity you didn’t mention that.

        So I still think it’s rather uncalled for to brand someone as being a ‘fanwanker’ or a ridiculous dreamer, if above songs were all entries I was enthusiastic about beforehand. Only 3 points more and Austria would have beaten Netherlands last year for a nice 11th place.

        Your last point about missing diaspora doesn’t hold up either. Netherlands had no ‘diaspora’ either in 2014 (2nd), Austria had no ‘diaspora’ either in 2014 (1st), Belgium had no ‘diaspora’ either in 2015 (4th), France had no ‘diaspora’ either in 2016 (beautifully 6th!), Actually, I’m getting a bit tired of someone using the ‘diaspora’-card all the time without actually elaborating on this aspect

        So far I think you’re merely utter a bunch of statements that, at this stage, don’t hold up at all. You can’t even support your statements with some credible examples. Hence I think you should be a bit less adament at this stage. And therefore I totally agree with Black n Blue: Calling Spain 2017 at this already a safe bet for Bottom 5 is ridiculous.

        • I think the fact you’re comparing Spain to top-6 entries is troubling. But good luck if you’re betting on it coming top-5. My previous argument was against it finishing higher than 15th, which I stand by. If you’re that confident, you should be a Spain backer at current odds. My money will be sat there waiting to lay.

      • Spain is my least favourite of the big 5 but if I was too be impartial I would have this ahead of Germany in the final table (granted Germany still has a redevelopment happening so that may change). Do It For Your Lover is dreadful but I would put money on it standing out in Kyiv and because of this I wouldn’t be totally surprised if it finished slightly higher than even I expect it to finish, and by that I’d say 21st or so, last year was better in more or less every aspect and only managed bottom 5 so I struggle to see this finishing higher than that song however like Ive said originally this is likely to stand out in Kyiv whereas Barei had Belgium to compete with which was just better in every department + had to sing next to Russia & Latvia which was a death sentence for her chances. Manel’s disadvantage compared to Germany is the German singer imo is very voteable (Likeable,good-looking,great voice,confident) whereas I dont think manel ticks more than 2 of these.

  11. The only people who might enjoy it are the Germans because it might save them another last place.There is no way to save this.A Heritage Lottery grant might see is claw up two places maximum.Horrible in every way.

  12. I think one should be a bit less adament at this stage. And therefore I totally agree with some other fans: Calling Spain 2017 at this already a safe bet for Bottom 5 is ridiculous. I could easily see this entering the TOP 10 in the final. Manel is an utterly charming boy, the song has a very repetitive melody that’s both happy and infectious, and with some great LED’s of a summery Barcelona I can see this doing better than many other ‘angry Spanish Eurovision fans’ think of. HÁZLO PORQUE HAS GANADO!!!!!!!

  13. Just rewatching Manel’s performance during one of the Ukrainian Semi-Finals. And again, I. Just. Don’t. Understand. the negative criticism. It’s an ‘earcatcher’, it stays in your head, Manel is a perfect singer, and it makes the young kids go dancing. In fact, the entire Ukrainian audience went pretty much ‘loco’. This is a song to watch in Kiev:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVeUVXO-wXs

  14. agustin pulido ramírez

    *Mierda?= shitty*

    The bloke that runs this *shitty ESCtips* has been sistematically and every year on and on versus all the Spanish entries…To lable Manel Navarro as a *shit* puts yourself in a lower level in Spanish… which is “gilipollas”…in one one you are a *wanker* MR Gasvter…Just so you Know the ukranian audience did quite enjoy Manel sons a lot in Kiez even the very Jamala danced looking “happy”. Please before you use or say swearword in language that you do NOY seem to speak o express “properly” at all. Get the meaning and the context right. Personally I can not get at all while RTVE still bother with this ESC in Spain at all…Hopefully we will come back to senses soon and get rid of bearing with so much MIERda anymore.

    • Hi Agustin, thanks for your colourful post. I’ll take it as a complement given some of the stuff that is directed at me in the run up to May.

      This is a betting website where we’re quite forthright and upfront with our views. If you wish to discuss the merits of Spain’s song, then feel free. There are people that like Manel’s song and they are free to argue their case. I don’t like Spain’s song and I’ve already aired my opinions in the review and comments.

      Enjoy ESC 2017 and feel free to drop by if you’ve got something more valuable to contribute.

      • Dear Gavster…Once again its about of to like or Not to… my valuables about Manel Navarro´s tune is that i do simply like it: its cheerful fresh and catchy plus its a great pleasure to see manel smiling…You see iI think the UK entry is a bit of * Mierda*belter- but only natural good manners stop me from spread it…But then the Brit entry is not the only shitty one…innit?- Buena Suerte!!! No offences..we a bit old to get the gist of this betting all stuff already…ITS ALL ABOUT A RANCID DEJÁ ECUTÉ! BUT PLEASE RESPECT.

        VAMOS NAVARRO!

        • I agree about the British entry, but then I’m not here fanboying over my own country’s song. I couldn’t care less if the UK does well or not. We’re all here to make money.

          Of course, if you’re able to contribute to the debate, rather than being a one man Spanish propaganda machine, then you’re welcome to stay.

  15. RTVE somehow got Mr Pancake on board: http://www.rtve.es/television/20170308/belga-hans-pannecoucke-director-artisitico-puesta-escena-manel-navarro/1500220.shtml

    You know what they say about not being able to polish a turd…

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